Economic Impact of American Whaling: A Selected Bibliography

Brandt, Karl. Whale Oil: An Economic Analysis. Fat and Oils Studies, N° 7 (June 1940). Food Research Institute, Stanford University. 1940. [Primarily concerns 20th-century factory-ship whaling.

Brandt, Karl. “Whaling and Whale Oil During and After World War II,” War-Peace ParnphieLs, N° 11 (1948). Food Research Institute, Stanford University. 1948.

Ellis, Richard. Men and Whales. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1991. Comprehensive, worldwide, multi-cultural, profusely illustrated. Extensive bibliography.

Frank, Stuart M. “'Vast Address and Boldness': The Rise and Fall of the American Whale Fishery,” in George S. Perry and Helen Richmond, eds., The Spirit of Massachusetts, Our Maritime Heritage (Boston: Massachusetts Department of Education, 1985), pp 20-29.

Goode, George Brown. The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States. 7 vols. Washington, D.C.: Govermnent Printing Office. 1884-1887. [Especially Section V, Vol. II.]

Hegarty, Reginald B. Addendum to “Starbuck” and “Whaling Masters”. New Bedford Customs District. New Bedford, Mass.: New Bedford Free Public Library. 1964.

Hegarty, Reginald B. Returns of Whaling Vessels Sailing from American Ports: A Continuation of Alexander Starbuck’s “History of the American Whale Fishery” 1876-1928. With additions by Philip F. Purrington. New Bedford, Mass.: Old Dartmouth Historical Society and Whaling Museum. 1959.

Hohman, Elmo P[aul]. The American Whaleman: A Study of Life and Labor in the Whaling Industry. New York, London and Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co. 1928. (Repr., Clifton, N.J.: Augustus M. Kelley, 1972; London: Macdonald and Jane’s, 1974; New York: Gordon Press, 1977; Cranbury, N.J.: A.S. Bames & Co., n.d.) [The most reliable treatise on the economic structure of employment and labor in the American whale fishery.]

Jenkins, James T. “Bibliography of Whaling,” in Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, Vol. 2, Pan 4 (3 Nov 1948), pp 71-166 (London: Published by the Society, c/o The British Museum); also repr. as an offprint.

Kugler, Richard C. “The Whale Oil Trade, 1750-1775,” in Seafaring in Colonial Massachusetts, 52:153-73 (“A Conference held by the Colonial Society, November 21-22, 1975”). Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1980. Repr. as an offprint, Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1980.

Pease, Z. W. The Centenary of the Merchants National Bank. New Bedford, n.p. 1925.

Pease, Z. W. History of New Bedford. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publ., 1918.

Pease, Zephaniah W.; & George A. Hough. New Bedford, Massachusetts: Its History, Industry, Institutions, and Attractions. New Bedford Chamber of Commerce, 1889. (Reflects New Bedford’s economic and social heritage from the whale fishery. See esp. Chapter II.

Starbuck, Alexander. History of the American Whale Fishery, from Its Earliest Inception to the Year 1876. (Report of the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries, Part IV. Washington, 1878.) Repr., 2 vols., with a new preface by Stuart C. Sherman. New York: Argosy Antiquarian. 1964. Comprehensive tabular lists of American whaling voyages, returns, and statistics, to 1876; partially amended and corrected by Hegarty’s Addendum…; brought forward to 1928 by Hegarty’s Returns of Whaling Vessels….

Tower, Walter S. A History of the Anwrican Whale Fishery. Publications of the University of Pennsylvania, N° 20. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1907.

Webb, Robert L. On the Northwest: Commercial Whaling in the Pacific Northwest, 1790-1967. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1988.

Weinraub, William C. L.; and Stuart M. Frank. “Industrial, Commercial and Maritime History of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1760-1900.” Mystic, Conn.: Mystic Seaport, 1975.

McDevitt, Joseph L. The House of Rotch: Whaling merchants of Massachusetts, 1734-1828. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1986. Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.) American University, Washington, D.C., 1978.


Popular Press Sources

Chatterton, E. Keble. Whalers and Whaling: The Story of the Whaling Ships Up to the Present Day. London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., 1925; New York: W.F. Payson, 1931.  

Jenkins, James T. A History of the Whale Fisheries: From the Basque Fisheries of the Tenth Century to the Hunting of the Finner Whale at the Present Date (London: H. F. & G. Witherby, 1921). Revised and expanded as Whales and Modern Whaling (London: H. F. & G. Witherby, 1932.

Spears, John R. The Story of the New England Whalers. New York: Macmillan, 1908.  

Verrill, A. Hyatt. Perfumes and Spices, Including an Account of Soaps and Cosmetics. New York: Page, 1916. 

Verrill, A. Hyatt. The Real Story of the Whaler: Whaling, Past and Present. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1916 and 1929.

Whipple, A. B. C., ed.; and the Editors of Time-Life. The Whalers. Seafarers series. Time-Life Books, 1979.


The Lopez and Rivera Families of Newport (partial list)

Bullard, John M. The Rotches. New Bedford: [privately printed]. 1947.  

Chyet, Stanley F. Lopez of Newport: Colonial American Merchant Prince. Detroit, 1970.

Daly, Charles P. The Settlement of the Jews in North America. Max J. Kohler, ed. New York: Philip Cowen. 1893.

Hedges, James B. The Browns of Providence Plantations; The Colonial Years. Providence: Brown University Press. 1968.

Kugler, Richard C. “The Whale Oil Trade, 1750-1775,” in Seafaring in Colonial Massachusetts: A conference held by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, November 21 and 22, 1975 (Boston: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1980), 153-174. Extensive bibliographical citations.

[Touro Synagogue, Newport, R.I.]: various miscellaneous publications concerning the founding and history of the congregation, growth of the Jewish community in Newport, etc.